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The Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion

Dane County Cultural Updates and Events

OEI observes Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Events in Dane County

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 14th – Temple Beth El Shabbat Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Temple Beth El will be hosting a special Shabbat worship incorporating readings and prayers that reflect the legacy of Rev. King. This service is open to all and can be viewed at  

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th – Women in Focus 36th Annual Scholarship Dream Ball: Sponsored by Women In Focus, the Ball raises money to provide college scholarships.  Visit for more info. 

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th - Martin Luther King Celebration at Wolfpack Basketball Game (Madison College vs. Waubonsee) at Madison College 1 PM. 

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 16th - Urban League Outstanding Young Person Recognition: Due to public health concerns, the Urban League Outstanding Young Person Recognition Breakfast will be replaced with a pop-up style event open only to awardees. Nearly 250 Outstanding Middle and High School youth who were nominated by their schools for outstanding academic performance and service to their schools and community will be recognized. Additionally, the Betty Franklin-Hammonds and George Anglin Memorial Scholarships will be presented. Media looking to cover the event can call (608) 729-1211 for more details. 

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 17th – MLK YOUTH CALL TO SERVICE: The King Coalition, in partnership with the City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, United Way of Dane County, and the Urban League are pleased to invite middle and high school youth to attend. Due to ongoing public health concerns, this year’s event will be offered in 2 parts with virtual programming during the morning (10:00 AM-12:00 PM) and limited capacity in-person programming in the afternoon (12:30 PM-4:30PM). Interested students must register for the event as a part of a group with at least 1 adult leader. No individual registrations will be accepted. There is no limit to the number of participants for the virtual morning sessions, but registration for the afternoon sessions will be capped at 80 total participants. In-person groups are also limited to no more than 5 students per group. For more information, please contact Andrew Schilcher at 

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 17th  - MLK ECUMENICAL SERVICE: An Ecumenical Worship Service will be held virtually at 4:30 PM. Hosted by the King Coalition in partnership with a diverse group of faith community leaders, the MLK Ecumenical Service joins people together from diverse religious traditions, socioeconomic statuses, ethnicities and political beliefs in the spirit of brotherhood/ sisterhood to honor Dr. King’s dream of social justice and equality. It also seeks to develop the “beloved community” through spiritual inclusivity and recognition of our shared humanity. The King Coalition extends a special thanks to First Unitarian Society for producing and also participating in the services.  A link to view the online broadcast will be posted at 

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 17th - On January 17, 2022, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service. At Madison College, we believe in carrying the baton of Martin Luther King's work for racial equality. During the games, we will honor two members of the community who work to improve the community. Performers include the Black Star Drumline & Dynamic Badgerettes and the Styles Defined Crew (SDC). The women's basketball team plays at 1 PM (CST), and the men's basketball team plays at 3 PM (CST).

  • MLK Award